The head coach on the next game: Another week with an opponent from the top half of the table. Leverkusen are currently sixth in the league with 50 points from 31 games. After a ruthless start to the season up until December, Leverkusen’s form took a turn for the worse, but since the appointment of Hannes Wolf as head coach, they have regained some stability. "Leverkusen are a really strong team with a lot of pace on the wings. In the middle they have players who can move the ball around well and at the back they are solid," said Florian Kohfeldt, for whom, and for the team, playing nice football is not longer important at this stage of the season. The approach against Leverkusen is simple: "We didn’t play particularly nice football against Leipzig either – tactics will take a back seat on Saturday as well. Our focus will be on our mentality and our fighting spirit."
Last encounter: Werder were able to take a point home from Leverkusen when the teams met earlier this season. SVW put up a good fight in the 1-1 draw, taking the lead from a set-piece. Ömer Toprak was unmarked from an Augustinsson free-kick and he tapped home from close range (52’). Patrik Schick levelled the scores for the hosts after 70 minutes.